Author: Matthew Pouliot

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas

Yu Darvish forced from start against Angels by finger blister

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It’s safe to say that part of the reason Yu Darvish didn’t threaten another perfect game on Sunday night is because he wasn’t facing the Astros. The other reason is that the finger blister, that developed during Tuesday’s masterpiece, continued to bother him tonight and forced him from the game after five innings,

Darvish opened the game with a walk, a hit by pitch and a walk in a two-run first inning. He was better afterwards, but still far less than perfect while giving up three runs on six hits and four walks. He struck out six before being replaced by Robbie Ross.

Darvish first felt the blister on his changeups while striking out 14 Astros in 8 2/3 scoreless innings five days ago. He said he’d be fine to make his start tonight, but while he was able to gut it out, he wasn’t his usual self. The Rangers will probably decide in a day or two whether to let him pitch with the blister again or if it makes sense to have him skip a turn.

UPDATE: Rockies first-rounder David Dahl gets stripped of roster spot

David Dahl

Update: Dahl explained the reasons for his getting bumped in a couple of tweets Sunday:


David Dahl, the 10th overall pick in the 2012 draft out of an Alabama high school, was removed from low Single-A Asheville’s roster after one game for what seems to be disciplinary reasons.

“He made some decisions that made us reconsider where he should begin the season. It had nothing to do with his play in Asheville,” Rockies senior director of player development Jeff Bridich told the Denver Post’s Troy Renck.

Dahl has now been assigned to extended spring training until further notice. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his lone game in the Sally League.

The Rockies have high hopes for the 19-year-old Dahl after he hit .379/.423/.625 with nine homers and 57 RBI in 280 AB for Rookie-level Grand Junction in his pro debut last year. However, given that they emphasize clean living probably more than any other major league team, Dahl needs to be careful not to get a rep as a problem child.

A’s dodge bullets after injuries to Josh Reddick, Brett Anderson

Josh Reddick

X-rays were negative for both outfielder Josh Reddick and starter Brett Anderson after the A’s duo suffered injuries in Sunday’s win over the Astros,’s Casey Pratt reports.

Reddick was hurt when his right wrist slammed into the wall in foul territory as he went after a ball in the fifth inning. He immediately departed, and the fear was that he may have suffered a break. As is, he’s listed as day-to-day with a sprain.

“I was scared,” Reddick said. “I was nervous that something was seriously wrong I lost feeling in the area for quite a while.”

Anderson was hit on his pitching thumb by a comebacker in the second, but he stayed in and ended up getting the win after striking out 10 in six innings. He appears likely to make his next start.

Meanwhile, Jed Lowrie, still somehow uninjured this deep into the season, hit his third homer as part of Oakland’s 9-3 victory.

The Brewers are one awful baseball team right now

Kyle Lohse

First of all, the Brewers are carrying 13 pitches, even though Ryan Braun can’t play because of a neck injury. That leaves them with a three-man bench that just doesn’t work in National League games.

Second of all, the Brewers are carrying 13 pitchers. Why on earth is John Axford pitching a second inning in a tie game against the Diamondbacks after getting through the first by the skin of his teeth? The first two batters Axford faced in the 10th inning today hit fly balls that were caught at the wall.  This from a guy who had already given up three homers in 1 2/3 innings this season. Yet Roenicke, even with his eight-man bullpen, sent Axford back out to start the 11th.

In the 11th, Cliff Pennington hit a leadoff double, at which point the Diamondbacks sent up pinch-hitter Eric Hinske. The Brewers declined to counter with Michael Gonzalez, and Hinske got into a curve, hitting it way out to center. Only then did Gonzalez come in. He got three outs to keep it an 8-6 game.

That’s when the Brewers had their stroke of luck: Heath Bell was going to enter the game for the Diamondbacks. And if there are two NL relievers throwing worse than Axford right now, well, one is definitely Carlos Marmol. The other is probably Bell.

Sure enough, Bell gave up singles to three of the first four batters he faces. That brought up Rickie Weeks with runners at the corners and the Brewers down 8-7. And who was standing on deck? None other than Braun.

What happened next was incredible. Weeks got ahead 1-0 and then took three fastballs that were called strikes. All three were in good locations, but they were straight, 91-mph fastballs. That Weeks went down without ever taking the bat off his shoulder was disturbing enough. If he knew what was about to transpire afterwards, then he should be truly embarrassed; it may well have been the low point of his career.

For what happened next was that Braun was called back into the dugout and Kyle Lohse was sent up to hit. The Brewers, of course, had already gone through their three-man bench, and Roenicke didn’t see it worth risking Braun’s health even with a victory one good swing of the bat away. Lohse, a career .152 hitter, struck out looking, and Bell recorded what figures to be one of the last saves of his career.

The Brewers are now 1-5. They don’t have a closer. Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart are hurt. Their ace, Yovani Gallardo, hasn’t looked quite right. They’re starting Alex Gonzalez and Yuniesky Betancourt at the infield corners. Also, they’re starting Alex Gonzalez and Yuniesky Betancourt at the infield corners. That light at the end of the tunnel is very dim right now.